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Glen Crest student Christian Pogorzelski advances to state Geography Bee

Glen Crest Middle School seventh grade student Christian Pogorzelski advanced to the state finals of the National Geographic GeoBee by earning one the top scores in Illinois.

Christian P Pogorzelski won the Glen Crest championship by getting all 70 questions correct on the GeoBee – the first Glen Crest student earn a perfect score. That earned Pogorzelski the opportunity take a 60-question online test to qualify for the state meet.

Earlier this month, Pogorzelski learned that he had one of the best 100 scores in Illinois and had qualified for the state meet. Pogorzelski, 13, felt the online test was “pretty easy”. He expects the next round on March 29 in Normal to be significantly more difficult.

“I’d be happy just to make it out of the first round,” he said.

The state winner qualifies for an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. in May. Pogorzelski said he’s been watching past competitions to prepare for the state meet.

Pogorzelski would like to be a politician when he gets older so that he can work on changing systems for the better. He has always had an interest in geography and how it affects people. The subject piques his curiosity, he said.

The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concerns about the lack of geographic knowledge in U.S. kids. More than 120 million students have participated in the GeoBee during the last three decades. You can learn more about the competition at


Posted: March 11, 2019